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North Shore Towers residents rally for left-hand signal in Floral Park


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THE COURIER/Photos by Stephen Vrattos

Residents of the North Shore Towers rallied on June 25 to continue their fight for a left-hand turn signal at a busy intersection near their co-op buildings.

Co-op members charge that the high volume of cars make it treacherous for pedestrians to cross the street at the meeting point of Grand Central Parkway and Little Neck Parkway, but inquiries to state agencies have produced no increase in safety measures. Residents of the building were at the rally, as well at Glen Kotowski, co-op general manager, and Mort Gitter, board president.

“It’s a very dangerous turn onto the Grand Central Parkway side road,” resident Sheila Fejes said.

“We’re not giving up,” added rally organizer Felice Hannah, who serves as both the chair of the Political Action Committee and a co-op board member at North Shore Towers.

State Senator Tony Avella has also been involved in the unsuccessful fight for increased street signage at the intersection.

“Once again, the Department of Transportation is not being responsive to the needs of the community,” Avella said. “Despite DOT denying my request for additional controls, the conditions at this intersection demand further action.”

A representative from Avella’s office said that he previously had put in a request for the installation of a left-hand turn signal in February, but after some consideration the DOT office decided that additional signage was not needed.

To change any existing street sign configuration in New York City, the DOT must complete a study to understand the extent of existing safety risks and determine any possible effects it could have on local traffic. As part of this study, the DOT analyzes reports from the Department of Motor Vehicles on traffic accidents occurring in the last three years in the affected area.

A source in the Queens DOT office said that the agency is currently studying the location after being contacted by Hannah in April, and will share the results with stakeholders once its review is completed.

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Board approves variance to move parking at former Scobee Diner site


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Community Board 11 approved a variance that would shift parking at the former Scobee Diner site.

The variance, which moves the parking lot to the back of the property, will improve safety, said Matt Carmody, a traffic engineer for new owner Lion Bee Equities. He said otherwise, drivers would have to back on to Northern Boulevard when leaving the popular eatery, thus holding up traffic and leading to accidents.

The variance will also convert some parking spaces in a residential zone to commercial spots. There will be 17 parking spaces in the new lot, including one handicapped space.

Scobee’s shut down two years ago when restaurant owners failed to reach agreement on purchasing the 252-29 Northern Boulevard property from the landowners.

Lion Bee Equities, a Great Neck-based company, has proposed transforming the site into a CitiBank on the first floor and a dentist’s office on the second.

The CitiBank would include a drive-thru ATM with a Little Neck Parkway entrance. Drivers would exit onto Northern Boulevard.

The community board’s Little Neck Land Use Committee originally told the developer to bring back a plan without a drive-thru ATM. But board members said removing the ATM turned out to be a non-starter.

Residents and some board members are worried the plan will turn Little Neck Parkway into a heavily congested area.
Vivien Lenk, who lives two blocks from the site, said the current plan could pose safety risks at the busy intersection with cars coming in and out.

“It’s really an accident, or many accidents, waiting to happen,” she said.

The board voted 24-18 to approve the variance on June 10.

 

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Teen crashes into Queens school bus, charged with driving while consuming alcohol


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A 17-year-old crashed into a school bus full of students this morning in Bellerose, and arrested for driving without a license and operating a vehicle while consuming alcohol, said police and the district attorney’s office.

Mandip Singh was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.

The incident occurred around 7:45 a.m. at 83rd Avenue and Little Neck Parkway, said police.

According to the mother of a female student riding the bus, the vehicle was a small yellow school bus heading to P.S. 221. She also said that the children were taken to North Shore-LIJ Hospital as a precaution, but there were no serious injuries.

 

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Drunk driver kills pedestrian on LIE


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A man walking along the Long Island Expressway (LIE) was struck and killed by a drunk driver this weekend, said police.

On Saturday, December 15, around 4:30 a.m. 22-year-old Jordan Savvides, of Jericho, was walking along the LIE near Little Neck Parkway when was hit by a car travelling eastbound.

Authorities pronounced him dead on the scene.

The vehicle’s driver, Christian Ludlow, 69, of Great Neck was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and DWI.